Joel Birch, vocalist for The Amity Affliction, was recently interviewed by TheGauntlet.com when the group was in Cleveland on tour. During the course of the conversation, he discusses the band's plans for 2012, their working methods, and much more.

The band's current US tour ends on Friday, but they'll be back in March and April, before heading into the studio to record their next album. Says Birch, "I think when we come back in March that will be three tours that we’ve had here in twelve months. From what I hear that is pretty good for an Australian band to be touring that much over here. That is what we do at home. To build our fan base we toured for five years and we thought we should apply those same work ethics in other countries. That is what we are trying to do and hopefully it will pay off. If it doesn’t we will just have a really great time at it not paying off."

Although the band is already writing material for the follow-up to Youngbloods, they won't be playing any new material live. Birch explains, "We keep it pretty close to ourselves. We don't show it to anyone until we’re happy with it. I think bands over here sort of test the waters and sometimes release a track, but that is not how we work. We’d rather come to them with a complete package so they can be familiar with it. I don’t think you can get the feel of a song live until you have it recorded and then you can transfer the energy over into a live show."

Read the whole interview at this link.

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